Definition of heart-aching in English:

heart-aching

noun

  • Emotional pain or anguish; an instance or expression of this. Also literal: †pain in the region of the heart, especially heartburn (obsolete).

adjective

  • That causes or is characterized or accompanied by heartache. Later also more generally: deeply moving; expressing or expressive of intense feeling.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Dekker (c1572–1632), playwright and pamphleteer. From heart + aching<br>early 17th century; earliest use found in Boccaccio's Decameron. From heart + aching, probably after either heartache or heart-aching.

Pronunciation

heart-aching

/ˈhɑːteɪkɪŋ/